Aircraft tow-tractor manufacturer LEKTRO reached a milestone on March 2 delivering its 5,000th aircraft tug to American Airlines at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). LEKTRO says that, to date, it has produced more towbarless aircraft tugs than any other manufacturer in the world.
The tug, a model AP8950SDB-AL-250, is the Oregon based company’s largest pushback offering, capable of handling aircraft up to 280,000 pounds such as the Boeing 757. It is an upgraded version of the company’s AP8950SDB-AL-200, which was introduced in 2014 and designed to handle aircraft up to 210,000 pounds like the Airbus A321 and Boeing 737. The manufacturer says the new tugs are certified to handle every narrow body aircraft in American Airline’s fleet and every regional aircraft they and their sister regional carriers operate.
The new units replace several of American Airlines’ conventional diesel tractors and will help to lower the overall carbon emissions at the airport.
Jim Moses, American Airlines’ Managing Director at LAX said: “We have invested over $8million in ground service equipment at LAX this year, as part of our expansion in Los Angeles and our commitment to improving the overall airport experience for our customers and employees.”
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